Bosses urged to future-proof

Malcolm Purvis Apprentice builder Ian Bates George Armstrong Bui
Malcolm Purvis Apprentice builder Ian Bates George Armstrong Bui

Apprentices could help turn around Scotland’s construction industry, according to one leading Berwickshire building firm.

Bosses at Anderson Builders in Duns are backing Scottish Apprenticeship Week (May 20 to 24), organised by Skills Development Scotland.

George Anderson, who set up the business more than 20 years ago, believes investing in the next generation is vital for the survival of the industry.

George explained: “If we don’t want these skills to be lost, we have to encourage our young people. I’m a great believer in giving young people a start in their careers. And when you have a small, family firm like mine, you have to make sure you get the best staff, trained the way you want them to be. The Modern Apprenticeship programme is a great way of doing that.”

Malcolm Purvis, 20, from Chirnside, joined Anderson Builders on a bricklaying apprenticeship and picked up an impressive third place in the Skills Build Scotland event two years ago.

He says: “I’ve really enjoyed the Modern Apprenticeship, because it has given me the chance to gain a qualification while I’m working. I’ve learned a lot.”

Skills Development Scotland Chair John McClelland said: “The main aims of Scottish Apprenticeship Week are to show employers the tangible benefits that Modern Apprentices can bring to their businesses as well as giving people a vital start in their careers. I hope this week will encourage employers in the Scottish Borders to offer more apprenticeship opportunities, because of the benefits apprenticeships bring to individuals, their employers’ businesses and ultimately Scotland’s economy.”

For more information about what Modern Apprenticeships can do for businesses visit: www.ourskillsforce.co.uk or for information on how to become a Modern Apprenticeship visit: www.myworldofwork.co.uk. Alternatively, employers can call the helpline on 0800 783 6000.